Apple Music Lossless tidbits: iOS 14.6, HomePod support, compatible headphones, more


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Apple announced in May that Apple Music will start supporting Dolby Atmos and Lossless audio quality in June. Here’s everything we know so far about Apple Music Lossless.

When will Apple Music Lossless be available?

Apple Music Lossless is available since June 7 for all Apple Music subscribers at no extra cost. Users must install iOS 14.6, iPadOS 14.6, macOS 11.4, or tvOS 14.6 or later to take advantage of this new future.

Will HomePod support Apple Music Lossless?

HomePod and HomePod mini don’t support Lossless quality for now. The bigger smart speaker can only stream music in Dolby Atmos.

In a new support page, Apple says both products will receive a software update in the future to stream Lossless natively.

HomePod and HomePod mini currently use AAC to ensure excellent audio quality. Support for lossless is coming in a future software update.

What headphones will be compatible with Apple Music Lossless and Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos?

Apple says Dolby Atmos is supported by iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV using any pair of its headphones that feature the W1 and H1 chips. This includes AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, BeatsX, Beats Solo3 Wireless, Beats Studio3, Powerbeats3 Wireless, Beats Flex, Powerbeats Pro, and Beats Solo Pro, but there are a few differences.

AirPods Pro and AirPods Max, for example, can take advantage of a head-tracking feature with Dolby Atmos in iOS 15, which is currently in beta. Also in this new iOS version, there’s a new “Spatialize Stereo” option, which iOS can now simulate Spatial Audio for non-Dolby content, which will now detect head movement with AirPods to change the direction of the sound.

About Lossless quality, no Bluetooth headphones will stream in Lossless because the technology doesn’t allow it.

AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, and Beats wireless headphones use Apple’s AAC Bluetooth Codec to ensure excellent audio quality. Bluetooth connections don’t support lossless audio.

About AirPods Max, Apple confirms it doesn’t stream lossless and Hi-Res Lossless over Bluetooth but with the Lightning to 3.5 mm audio cable, this headphone will deliver an “exceptional audio quality, however, given the…